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ESF Homecoming & Reunion

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Although we won't be able to celebrate together in person this year, we are planning to commemorate the weekend virtually with a series of exciting online events! Check out our schedule and mark your calendars. Links for these virtual events will be shared the week of Virtual Homecoming. Be sure to follow our social media channels for updates!

For those of you who are celebrating milestone reunion years in 2020, you will be invited back next year to commemorate this special occasion.

Schedule of Virtual Events

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Thursday, October 1

College President's Update
1:00 p.m.; Airs LIVE on ESFTV
Learn about everything that is currently happening at the College, including ESF's response to the COVID crisis and the new learning modalities. There will be an opportunity for questions.

Senior Reunion Virtual Gatherings (Classes of 1970 and earlier)
2:30 p.m.; LIVE on Zoom
Re-connect and reminisce with your old friends and classmates live on Zoom! We will create "Breakout Rooms" for different decades. All participants will be given the chance to speak about where life has led since graduation. Click here to fill out some interview questions - these can guide you when you speak to the group on October 1. We'll be compiling these interviews into a booklet as a memento of Virtual Senior Reunion!*Pre-registration is required. Click Here to Register

Honoring our Alumni Veterans
5:00 p.m.; format TBD

Friday, October 2

"What's New on Campus?" Virtual Tour
Link will be posted here
Has it been awhile since you've visited campus? Check out what's new on this virtual tour of ESF's buildings and facilities.

Tour of the Roosevelt Wild Life Collections and Classroom
Link will be posted here
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the famed Roosevelt Wild Life Collection. The tour will include a look at the new world-class specimen conservation facility in the basement of the Gateway Center.

Career Services: Resources for Alumni
Link will be posted here
The ESF Office of Career Services is an important resource for alumni. Learn how to utilize their expertise as well as how you can assist with current students' career paths in this valuable segment.

Alumni Association Annual Meeting
4:00 p.m.; LIVE on Zoom
Join the Alumni Association Board of Directors as they review the past year, discuss what's next for the Association, and welcome several newly-elected Board Members. *Pre-registration is required. Click Here to Register

ESF Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Link will be posted here
Congratulations to the 2020 inductees into the ESF Athletic Hall of Fame! Find out more about these outstanding athletes, coaches, and show your support for the Mighty Oaks via this virtual ceremony.

Bourbon Event with Don Leopold
5:00 p.m.; LIVE on Zoom
Join ESF's own Dr. Don Leopold, self-proclaimed bourbon aficionado, for a conversation about "America's Whiskey." Don will share some of his favorites and why, as well as give some recommendations. We also want to hear from you, so we'll be selecting some of our attendees to share their own bourbons of choice. *Pre-registration is required; 21 years and older. Click Here to Register

Virtual Homecoming Gatherings for Recent Reunion Classes
7:30 p.m.; LIVE on Zoom
Plan on joining your classmates in Breakout Rooms on Zoom to re-connect and catch up on life! We are hoping to organize "Breakout Rooms" for the Classes of '15, '10, '95, and '80. If you represent another class year, we'd love to have you join us as well! This will be a fun, informal way to engage with your fellow grads. *Pre-registration is required Click Here to Register

Saturday, October 3

Trees and Shrubs Walking Tour with Dr. Don Leopold
Link will be posted here
Join Dr. Don Leopold, Environmental & Forest Biology Professor, as he takes you on a walk around campus and Oakwood Cemetery for a quick dendrology (tree identification) lesson. Purchase the "Oakwood Trees Guide" online at the ESF College Bookstore (www.esfbookstore.com) to follow along with Don.

Virtual Presentation: Return of the American Chestnut with Dr. William Powell
Link will be posted here
A little over a century ago, the American chestnut tree, once one of the most abundant trees in the eastern forests of the United States, was devastated by the chestnut blight. After 25 years of research at ESF, American chestnut trees with enhanced blight resistance have been developed using the tools of biotechnology. Take this very special opportunity to hear from one of the pioneering scientists who developed the blight-resistant tree, ESF's own Dr. William Powell. Thanks to a $3.2 million Templeton World Charity Foundation grant, the Lafayette Road Experiment Station is undergoing exciting changes to promote research opportunities for this crucial project.

2021 ESF Alumni Trip: Iceland
Time TBD; online webinar; link will be posted here
The ESF Alumni Association will be hosting a trip to Iceland March 9-15, 2021. Tune in to learn about the itinerary, pricing and more from Collette Travel representatives.

Virtual Book Club with Robin Kimmerer: Braiding Sweetgrass
12:00 p.m.; LIVE on Facebook
Take this amazing opportunity to hear from and interact with Robin Kimmerer as she discusses her celebrated book, Braiding Sweetgrass. Read the book in advance and come prepared with questions for Robin! Purchase a signed copy of Braiding Sweetgrass online at the ESF College Bookstore (www.esfbookstore.com)

scenes from 2018 fall weekend

scenes from 2018 fall weekend

scenes from 2018 fall weekend

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